India recently witnessed a strange spectacle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues subjecting themselves to an intense scrutiny by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, the Hindu nationalist organization, regarding their ‘performance’ in office.
Modi himself used to be an activist of the RSS. But an elaborate charade was kept so far . . . → Read More: How Modi is making India cry
At long last, it seems the state is prepared to confront the evil that is sectarianism, one that has spawned religious violence in various forms over three decades in this country and laid waste to tens of thousands of lives.
The government’s newfound resolve emerged during Monday’s news conference addressed by Interior Minister Nisar Ali . . . → Read More: Resisting the sectarian threat
German and European Union leaders have called for European countries to share the burden of absorbing the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have poured into the continent this summer. One plan, which was proposed in May, would have established quotas based on each country’s size and resources. The quotas were rejected . . . → Read More: Unequal distribution of refugees in Europe
Crowds of up to 500,000 have rallied in Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi’s home state, to press for affirmative action. Riots left nine dead and led to curfews and the deployment of paramilitary troops.
For the past week the western Indian state of Gujurat has seen a prominent community known as the Patels holding mass rallies . . . → Read More: Why India needs to address its caste system problem
Farmers hold large sit-in in front of Punjab Assembly, demand govt announce subsidy for sector and fix prices of crops compatible with expenses YDA says won’t allow privatization of govt hospitals . . . → Read More: Farmers and Doctors against Punjab Government
KHALED ASAAD saw the continuity between Syrian Arab culture and that of the many peoples who had previously inhabited Palmyra, the 2,000-year-old archaeological site he had tended for almost half a century. A month before Islamic State (IS) rolled into the oasis town in May, the archaeologist described on a Facebook page the spring rituals . . . → Read More: Killed by IS for being educated
There could only be a few, if any, US Army generals with such deep and extensive knowledge of operational intelligence and special operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as Michael Flynn, who retired as the director of the Defence Intelligence Agency [DIA] just one year ago. Originally assigned to the famous 82nd Airborne Division, his was . . . → Read More: Did USA strategically form IS?
A group of Muslim organisations and Mumbai president of Samajwadi Party Abu Asim Azmi on Saturday demanded that 1993 serial blasts convict Yakub Memon not be hanged. The organisations said their demand was in the light of the statement given by B Raman, former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) head in Pakistan, who had played . . . → Read More: Indian Mulsims stand against Memon’s hanging
A strange spectacle has unfolded. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) with its high and mighty political clout seems to be waning at a daunting pace.
13 July, 2015: Shortly after Altaf Hussein’s fiery speech heavily critical of the Army, Rangers and Security forces and the current operation being . . . → Read More: Altaf against all odds
Cultural revolutions are underway in two nation-states — India and Israel — founded by secular nationalists in the late 1940s. Right-wing demagogues, emerging in both countries from among previously unrepresented masses, seek to forge a new national identity by stigmatizing particular religious and secular groups.
There are eerie similarities between the Hindu thugs who assault . . . → Read More: The oppression in India and Israel